* Posts by Jason Hindle

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Click your heels, um, mouse thrice and you've quickly got Ubuntu on Hyper-V in Win 10 Pro

Jason Hindle

Gave it a try today

Slick but also a reminder why I avoid Ubuntu. Problems with the latest/greatest? Well... Wouldn't ssh or https to anything while connected to the office via Openconnect. Odd really, because I was able to ssh from the corporate Dell to my shiny new Ubuntu VM. A colleague with deep knowledge of ssh helped me with the former. I'm still looking at the latter. I never have these problems with Mint and CENTOS. I've also spun up a Mint VM under Hyper-V, but that takes a little more effort (had to tell it what screen resolution to use, and copy/paste won't work between it and Windows, unlike a VirtualBox resident).

Also, Hyper-V isn't necessarily better than VirtualBox. Whereas Virtualbox sees your monitor as its monitor, connection to a Hyper-V is via Remote Desktop/X (the only way is headless, it seems). Overall performance is better, but graphic performance is a little sluggish. Good to muck around with these things.

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Re: WSL dead then?

I think far from dead. The ability to run up a bash shell and do all manner of bashy things* is often far more convenient than running up a full VM. Even my ageing Surface 3 runs WSL perfectly well. Now Hyper-V has me curious. More efficient in practice than running up a VM under VirtualBox?

* Replacement for Putty and WinSCP, run Bash scripts with all the familiar Linux tools, API testing using Curl and so on.

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App-y, app-y, joy, joy: Pain-free software installer Flatpak (kinda) works on Windows Subsystem for Linux

Jason Hindle

Re: This is the opposite of what is needed, of course

I'm not sure what it's for, but WSL serves me a a great replacement for cmd.exe, Powershell, Winscp and so on. Perhaps it means different things to different people?

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UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit

Jason Hindle

I would certainly miss the unfettered data usage

When I'm out and about with my camera, in Europe, I like to be able to frequently upload photos from my camera to my phone, and then onto Lightroom in the cloud. If I have the big Sony camera with me, that means I'm shunting a lot of data around. Of course, local SIM cards are readily available and I'm perfectly happy to go back to doing things that way.

So, I think the reintroduction of roaming charges (or simply making my data allowance unusable, as I've found Three are quite good at) would disproportionately affect those who don't have the gumption to find cheaper alternatives. In other words, mostly the very people who voted for this.

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Apple tipped to revive forgotten Macbook Air and Mac mini – report

Jason Hindle

Re: Aren't the server parts of MacOS server being killed off?

Linux and the commoditisation of server hardware pretty much killed Apple in the server space. I suppose there might be some use for OSX server (or server-ish) in an all (or mostly) Apple environment?

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The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

Jason Hindle

Re: Nobody buys Samsung anymore....

Plenty of people buy only Samsung as they’re used to the interface (since the super S3). Oddly, the super S3 was my last Samsung (went all frugal and SIM only after that phone).

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Whoa, AWS, don't slip off your cloudy perch. Google and Microsoft are coming up to help

Jason Hindle

“What am I missing? There's a well-hidden part of industry that actually uses Azure?”

Azure is huge. Probably bigger than Microsoft as AWS is bigger than Amazon. AWS tends to grab more headlines and, as I’ve commented here before, is perhaps more approachable for the curious nerd (though this curious nerd is approaching both), but Azure has plenty of very big clients and likely to be first cloud of call for developers embedded in the Windows ecosystem.

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Amnesty slaps Google amid crippled censored China search claims

Jason Hindle

Re: Not sure what choice Google has, with China

When do the right thing collides with shareholder value, I'll give you two guesses as to which of those wins. That's just the world you've got.

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Jason Hindle

Not sure what choice Google has, with China

Search is just the tip of the Iceberg, for Google. Not being fully in China means other companies (including Microsoft and Apple) get the business for cloud/productivity suites, cloud computing, app/entertainment store and so on. I'm guessing not many Chinese use a Chromebook, when China should be a huge market for these.

Also, it means Google AI efforts aren't getting training (through vast quantities of data, required for machine learning) from half the world's population. This is the long game, where I think Apple and Microsoft potentially loses the overall war.

I'm sure Google's shareholders find Google's principles fine in, erm, principle, but China has clearly looked down on Google and said "bitch" because, quite frankly, they can.

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

Jason Hindle

Re: From experience...

I wouldn’t be brave enough to try upgrading a 32GB machine (and, quite frankly, a pox on the houses of those who would make and sell them). However, a USB stick or SD card should do the trick. I’ve found the Windows Update Troubleshooter a reliable, but sadly necessary, friend from time to time.

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Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

Jason Hindle

Microsoft's quest to own work

I'm struggling to find a link, but her premise of a cogent article I recently read is that Microsoft is on a quest to own work. They own the social network of work, the office tools most people use at work and home, the development tools used by a great many programmers and now they own the place where a lot of the source code goes, and everything can be done in Microsoft's cloud. Any consumer/lifestyle play, by Microsoft, is going to spring out of this setup. Like them or loathe them, Microsoft as has a lot to leverage when it comes to creating and selling (hypothetical) shiny new things.

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Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

Jason Hindle

Good luck

The weekly On Call has been a reliable laugh, so best of luck with what comes next.

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Bonkers Azure bookings give Microsoft a record-breaking $110bn year

Jason Hindle

Re: Rebirth of the phoenix

This is something I've only just started looking at. I'm sure many big businesses would prefer Microsoft's name to that of Amazon, but at the ground level AWS seems a hell of a lot more approachable for the curious tech.

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Two-factor auth totally locks down Office 365? You may want to check all your services...

Jason Hindle

Re: 2FA?

Guilty as charged, though the phone in question is encrypted and protected with a six digit passcode. I’m no security expert, but I did wonder about that.... If someone gets my password and phone, they could simply put the SIM card into a different phone and activate my account on there. Google partly mitigates this by sending a warning to all devices, but I don’t yet have enough exposure to the Microsoft way of doing things (just use the Microsoft Authenticator app on the corporate Samsung).

Incidentally, in the finance scams described in the article, there was a human factor that goes well beyond the basic software security. I expect our SVP and his finance counterpart would both scoff at the idea of transferring any significant amount of money without first flapping gums.

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PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

Jason Hindle

There are a lot of sub £200 Windows Tablets out there

Made in China. It would be interesting to see what proportion of the growth in shipments comes from these.

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One two three... Go: Long Pig Microsoft avoids cannibalising Surface

Jason Hindle

It’s an expensive way to run Office

When you factor in the cost of the pretty much mandatory keyboard.

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You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

Jason Hindle

So it's just the (none pro) Surface 3 with slightly better processor?

Paint me unimpressed. Also.... This obsession with the Surface form factor... It's crap for using on public transport (unless you're in love with the on screen keyboard). Then there's the app store. I think Windows 10S is a fine idea in principle, but what percentage of buyers can survive entirely on the contents of Microsoft's app store?

Edit: Oh, and the usual promise of an LTE version, for later, that will doubtless be as rare as rocking horse shit.

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Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

Jason Hindle

Re: User-generated obfuscation

Meh - just encode everything ROT26.

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Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

Jason Hindle

Re: How many times have you replaced the case and screen?

If Trigger had a mobile workstation....

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Jason Hindle

Re: What does it run? Anything you want!

Several of them. Just install HyperV, VMWare or KVM, and run whatever you want on top of any of those.

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Science fiction legend Harlan Ellison ends his short time on Earth

Jason Hindle

Re: V

Dire film (and false god).

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Google Cloud CEO admits: Yeah, we wanted GitHub too. Whatevs

Jason Hindle

Re: Sure they’ll be Complely neutral

Now all your code are belong to us.

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Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you

Jason Hindle

I have a lot of time for Public Health England, and the NHS

In some ways they're the greatest users of big data. However, I do sometimes get the impression the fanatics are running the asylum. Who remembers the pronouncement of ten a day (which surely would have turned us all Vegan)?

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Test Systems Better, IBM tells UK IT meltdown bank TSB

Jason Hindle

Agile vs Whatever not really relevant here

And using an Agile methodology probably wouldn't have helped. Some of the ideas and technologies often associated with Agile (but not really Agile per se - frequent build and automated testing, and frequent communication, to give two examples) might have helped. An incremental platform to platform migration, with a solid, tested back out plan would most definitely have helped.

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Budget Surface 'spotted' in Microsoft's crystal ball

Jason Hindle

I've read a couple of reviews of Windows on ARM

They're quite mixed. I'd probably avoid the first iteration (but when was that not true?) and perhaps wait for more of the software (especially Office, it seems) to be natively compiled to the new processor. It's a compelling idea, but the devil is in the implementation.

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NHS England fingered over failure to forward patient correspondence

Jason Hindle

There’s a lot of problems

I had to spend a little time in Out Patients, at a hospital last year. A few days later, I received a copy of a letter from the consultant, addressed to my GP. Being in the same business as your average El Reg reader, and therefore being a picky bastard, I did of course check with said GP who was delighted with the letter I handed to her!

To say the NHS is in a bit of a mess would be the understatement of the century. As far as I can tell, it’s mostly down to whichever government.

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Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)

Jason Hindle

The Sandler comparison

Is surely insulting to our new AI overlords?

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Android daddy Andy Rubin's Essential axes handset, is 'actively shopping itself' – report

Jason Hindle

Remind me... What is Essential’s USP

And when was the last time a proprietary peripheral port succeeded in a mass market product?

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Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

Jason Hindle

Re: Eudora Euphoria

Bluetooth Module for Handspring Visor, and the original Ericsson T68, for me.

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Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

Jason Hindle

Re: “Too much GDPR documentation going on.”

Welcome to the Reset.

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Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show

Jason Hindle

Re: A business for someone else

For me, getting existing software running well, in the ARM environment is key. If Microsoft screws that up, they fail. Full sized USB? Sure, as long as it’s USB-C, with all the bells and whistles (and there’s more than one of them).

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Jason Hindle

A business for someone else

An iPad sized/weight device, with an ARM based processor, running full Windows (preferably with LTE) appeals, but I think it takes someone other than Microsoft to get it on the market at the right price/quality to gain any traction.

Apple have been smart, recently, with the iPad. The base model is more powerful than ever, can do more, and the bar to entry is pretty low. Apple have the tablet market sewn up nicely, In this space, I can see Google catching up and succeeding, with Chromebook, and Microsoft failing.

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Mining apps? We're cool so long as they admit to it, says Canonical

Jason Hindle

Unethical?

"The first question worth asking, in this case, is whether the publisher was in fact doing anything wrong, considering that mining cryptocurrency is not illegal or unethical by itself."

Hmmm... This statement deserves a little scrutiny. If you're using my resources for personal gain, without my knowledge of consent, then I think there's a pretty strong argument for unethical behaviour.

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Mobileye's autonomous cars are heading to California. But they're not going to kill anyone. At least not on purpose

Jason Hindle

Autonomous cars will be super safe

Just as soon as they’re the only cars on the road. Puny AI can’t cope with the Human Factor.

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Can't wait for Linux apps on Chrome OS? And you like stability? We'll see you in December, then

Jason Hindle

So are there no development solutions that don't involve installing stuff?

That exist within the cloud (i.e. the whole point of a Chromebook)?

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Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

Jason Hindle

Re: Notepad++

“Downloading a special program just to properly handle line endings is a bit overkill when there's an alternative already installed.”

That’s an interesting definition of special.

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Huawei P20: Snappish snaps, but for £200 less than Pro, it’s Notch bad

Jason Hindle

Tips for getting the best out of the camera...

Obviously, the monochrome sensor is higher resolution but, so far, I’ve only managed to use it with the Phone's own camera app (Select Mono, then either Pro or Portrait). For colour photography, download Adobe Photoshop CC and use that as your camera. It takes DNGs, and Adobe Sensei (just press auto) does a reliable job of processing these with near zero effort. The camera isn’t fully supported, at the moment, so noise management is a bit off for photos processed in Adobe.

Sample photos:

https://flickr.com/photos/33337735@N00/sets/72157689868399490

https://flickr.com/photos/33337735@N00/sets/72157695798253475

https://flic.kr/p/244XQ2A

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

Jason Hindle

No issues so far

I do use Chrome for a couple of thibgs, on W10, and haven't seen any issues since the big April update.

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Apple somehow plucks iPad sales out from 13-quarter death spiral

Jason Hindle

Re: iPad user here

“OK so with the iPad Pro, keyboard and pencil I dropped as much as I did on my Pro but it’s much faster (yes really) editing photos using LightRoom mobile”

I have a fully mobile workflow based around Lightroom CC and Snapseed (mostly smaller format cameras, but also the rather large raw files from my Sony full frame body). And that’s just on an old iPad Air 2. With most of Lightroom running in the cloud, the oomph of something bigger and badder isn’t as necessary as it once was. That said, I wouldn’t mind something newer and pencil compatible; if I need to make any local adjustments, it’s next stop MacBook Pro (and Lightroom Classic).

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Jason Hindle

I think there are two sides to this

Well, two ends.... At the top end, you've got iPads that are better suited to some (but not all) professionals than ever before. At the bottom end, the bar to entry is currently quite low, and what you get from a base level iPad is nicer than similarly (or higher) priced none iPad competition.

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Apple and The Notched One: It can't hide the X-sized iPhone let-down

Jason Hindle

I'm not sure what Apple expected from iPhone X sales

At its price point, it's something of a niche/luxury product. Most people who buy into iOS are going to buy something cheaper. I almost bought one*, because I like to flip/flop between Android and iOS when it comes to my phone. I like both, and the resale value of iPhones is generally better than for Android phones (something always bearing in mind if, like me, you watch your TCO).

* Got curious and bought a Huawei instead (complete with a set of Bose headphones for pre-ordering, which mitigates the fact the phone will be worth thruppence this time next year).

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Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data

Jason Hindle

Re: I stopped reading at

I think the point of the article is that Google want to have their cake and eat it. Apple appears to have stopped at cake acquisition.

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Bargain-happy Brits snub big four mobile network operators

Jason Hindle

How many actually buy their phone via an MVNO?

I assumed most would simply pick up whatever phone they could afford, online, and go for a SIM only contract.

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Reg writer Richard went to the cupboard, seeking a Windows Phone...

Jason Hindle

I think Windows Phone (of sorts) will be back

Actual Windows 10 running on actual ARM will give Microsoft a way back. Pity the App Store strategy has been badly botched. Microsoft have a very slim chance at a way back. I don’t think I’ve seen a product strategy blown so badly so often.

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

Jason Hindle

Seems inevitable

But I have a hard time believing IP telephony will be as robust the the system it replaces.

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The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

Jason Hindle

Never had the Mega Drive

Went SNES instead. But we still have a Dreamcast!

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The first rule of maths class: Don't start a fight club

Jason Hindle

Re: So, NFN, then

“Population: 40,493 at the 2010 census. Presumably USA same-named small towns would be likely to have a gene pool largely from the original town's emigrants.”

So, US but Normal For Norfolk?

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Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids

Jason Hindle

Nothing dubious about the DXO scores

They’re pretty objective but.... Say nothing about pleasing the JPEGs will look. Both Samsung and Apple have super JPEG processing that look pleasing and squeeze everything they can from those small sensors. My P20, OTOH, has the DXO bragging rights (and shoots raw), but the JPEGs are a bit hit and miss depending on the shooting scenario.

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Huawei P20 Pro: Triple-lens shooter promises the Earth ...

Jason Hindle

Re: Smartphones are boring

They’re all very alike, so it boils down to comfort and what you want to do with it. I do way too much with mine. I’ve commented here, before, that it’s quite the single point of failure (notwithstanding the backup I always have handy).

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